SPECIAL  EVENTS IN JANUARY

 

NEW WINTER QUARTER CLASSES:

Advanced Beginners Bridge Lessons: Thursdays at 10:00am beginning January 5. These lessons will center on the second textbook of the ACBL Bridge Series, for students who have completed the first book.  Others may participate with the instructor's permission. Contact Dick Brisbin at 980-234-0373 to learn more about the experience level that is best suited for the class.  Cost is $5 per lesson.

 

Beginner Gentle Exercise: Begins Friday, January 27 at 11:45am. Worried about starting a new exercise class? Do you think an exercise class might be too much for you? Join other seniors who would like to start a gentle exercise program.   Fitness Trainer Angela Hendrix will lead a gentle class every Friday for five weeks. This class will be geared towards beginners who are not exercising normally or who feel the desire to get started exercising again. We ask that you be a registered participant of the Center. There is no fee, but voluntary contributions are accepted. Please stop by the Front Desk or see a Fitness Trainer to get registered and sign an activity waiver.

 

Bridge Lessons - Begin Friday, January 13. Class intended for contract bridge players who want to modernize their game and learn more about basic and commonly used bridge conventions. Both social and advancing beginner duplicate bridge players are encouraged to participate. There will be an emphasis on bidding, play and defense. Each Friday from 10:00am until noon. Cost is $6 per session. Instructors will be Harold & Carol Winecoff. For more information, and to register, contact the Front Desk or call the Winecoffs at 704-857-2770.

 

Computers for Beginners-Friday, January 27 from 12:00-4:00pm.   This class is designed for the person who is truly a beginner with computers. You may bring your own laptop (recommended) or use one of ours. In this class, we will go over basic operations, getting on the Internet, and word processing. Fee is $10. Contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 to register.

 

Guitar Classes -Three new classes begin Monday, January 23. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either six-week course is $30 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.   

 

Handmade Cards -Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.

 

Learning about my Android - Wednesday, January 25 from 1:00-4:00 pm. It is important to learn how to use your new tablet. We will set up a password for you, if you have not already done so, then learn how to download apps and music. If you have set up passwords, then you need to be sure to bring those with you. Fee is $10. Contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 to register.

 

Mind Aerobics Art Class - Monday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning January 9. An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you.   $10 per session payable to the instructor.

 

My iPad and Me-Friday, January 13 from 1:00-4:00pm.   Come in and get started using your iPad......basic operations, settings, downloading apps, and more. You need to know your passwords for getting on your iPad and The App Store. Fee is $10. Contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 to register.

 

Paint, Piddle & Draw - Begins Tuesday, January 3 at 9:00am. For students of all levels. Class meets each Tuesday morning from 9-11am. Instructor will be Frances Driscoll. $10 registration fee payable on first day of class. Call 704-216-7714 to register and obtain necessary supplies list.

 

Stained Glass: New eight-week classes begin January 23. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections to choose from (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm). Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk, or by calling 704-216-7714. Space is limited.

 

Watercolor Painting: For intermediate and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting February 6 - April 10. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz.   $36.00 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Payment must be made at time of registration. Registration begins January 23 at the Front Desk. Registration ends January 30 or when full. Space is limited.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, January 4 from 9:30am - 10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

 

AARP CHAPTER MEETING:Thursday, January 5 at 1:00pm. Diane Hundley will talk about "Wagging Welcomes," a pet greeting program at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, assisted by trainer Barbara Teichroew and her dog, "Oliver".  There will also be the installation of officers, followed by a Pizza Party.  All seniors 50+ welcome. Free. Reservations are not required. For information contact 704-216-7714.

 

HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB AND BRAIN FITNESS: Wednesday,January 11 at 12:30pm. Come and join Valerie Velte, RN Corporate & Community Wellness Nurse for Novant Health, as she leads us through healthy choices to be found in the grocery store. We will meet inside the store at Aldi's located at 920 Jake Alexander Blvd West. Learn to make quicker and healthier choices during your future shopping trips. Pre-registration is required to allow for staff from the hospital to be available. Please sign up at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714.

 

BETTER BREATHING CLUB: Wednesday, January 11 at 1:00pm. Sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. There is no charge to participate, and pre-registration is not necessary.    

 

WALK-ABOUTS MEETING: Thursday, January 12 at 1:00pm.  The Walk-Abouts will have a planning meeting at the Senior Center to schedule the walks for the next few months. There is no need to register for this event.  All current and prospective members are welcome and encouraged to participate.

 

"IN CASE OF EMERGENCY" LEGAL PRESENTATION: Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 pm. ICE (In Case of Emergency) - is not just a name and phone number you have in your cell phone.  Come hear about what an "emergency" is, and what needs to be in place in case of one. Elder Law Attorney Marjorie Brown will give a presentation on preparing for an emergency from a legal standpoint. Contact our Front Desk at 704-216-7714 for questions and to register. FABRIC COLOR WHEEL WORKSHOP: Thursday January 19 at 9:30 am.Provided free by the Sunny Days Quilters.   Contact our Front Desk at 704-216-7714 for questions and to register.

 

WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, January 25 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.

 

MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00pm. This month's feature is "Tarzan." Fully readapted to London society after his long sojourn in the jungle, Lord Greystoke returns to Africa as a trade emissary. But little does he know that he's being used to advance the schemes of villainous Capt. Leon Rom. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).

 

"SMART MONEY FOR OLDER ADULTS" SEMINAR: Friday, January 27 at 2:00pm. Older adults are prime targets for financial exploitation both by persons they know and trust, and by strangers. Financial exploitation has been called "the crime of the 21st century." How financially prepared are you? Do you know how to avoid Identity Theft and Scams? Are you financially prepared for unexpected life events? What can you do to be more financially prepared? Attend this seminar sponsored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and taught by Sandy Holden, a Center volunteer who has thirty-nine years of experience in the financial world. There is no charge for the seminar, and participants who register in advance receive a free workbook.   To register call 704-216-7714 by Wednesday, January 25.  

 

ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

 

CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

 

Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.

 

Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm.   Free with refreshments.

 

Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, January 6 from 8:30am - 11:30am.

 

Chair Volleyball is played every Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 1:00pm in the Fitness Annex.

 

OTHER CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:

TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except Jan 2 & 16

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, January 5 at 9:30am

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, January 5 at 10:00am

Military Officers Association of America Chapter - Monday, January 9 at noon

Ambassadors Club - Monday, January 9 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, January 9 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, January 12 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, January 12 at 6:30pm

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel - Wednesday, January 18 at 10:30am

Sunny Days Quilters Meeting - Thursday, January 19 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, January 19 at 6:30pm

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, January 26 at 1:00pm

 

LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

 

BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.

 

LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.

 

APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

 

APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

 

ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

 

"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

 

INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.

 

GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.

 

RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 2 FOR THE NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY; AND MONDAY, JANUARY 16 FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY.

 

NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.

 

COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.

 

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.

 

WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: In times of inclement weather, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center seeks, first and foremost, to insure the safety and welfare of participants and staff. The decision to close early, or not open the Center and Lunch Club sites, is made by the Executive Director based on weather conditions at the time and local forecasts. In any event, announcements about closings will be broadcast over local radio stations 1280 AM and 103.3 FM. Whenever there is any doubt about sites being open, or a scheduled activity being held, call the Center first at 704-216-7714. If staff members are not on hand to answer your call, an appropriate message will be left on the answering machine. To find out about the rescheduling of activities that are canceled due to bad weather, call the Center once normal operations resume.